Admirable government response to forest fire tradegy – 61 deaths confirmed
National and international media has been reporting extensively on the forest fire in the Leiria district that so far has claimed the lives of 61 people, including four children, many of whom were burnt alive in their vehicles are they tried to flee the flames sweeping through tinder-dry forests. 59 are known to be injured, many of them seriously.
The great fire of Pedrógão Grande is the latest entry in Portugal’s history books as the government announces three days of national mourning with Jorge Gomes, the Secretary of State for the Interior, the Prime Minster and the President of the Republic (who has cancelled all appointments at least until Tuesday) all deeply involved in doing what is necessary for those affected by the devastation caused by a fire that is still raging.
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